Textra SMS offers more than 800 up-to-date emojis, animated GIFs, and a customizable layout. It utilizes Lollipop Material Design, including a Dark Mode and the ability to set custom colors for contacts, bubbles, and notifications. Version 2.15 adds new themes, bubble colors, and other customizations, and a battery drain issue has been fixed.
Customize Look: Tapping Customize Look in the Settings let us quickly change text size, activate Dark or Black Mode, choose colors, and more.
Quick Compose: The new Quick Compose feature let us send messages from the Notifications Drawer.
Mobile contacts only: A nifty option shows only mobile contacts when composing new messages.
Blacklist: Long-holding a conversation and selecting "Blacklist" adds threads to the Blacklist.
Newer devices only: Textra requires Android 4.0.3 or above.
Big: At 3.4MB, Textra isn't a lightweight. Despite improved battery use, it may not be the best choice for memory-challenged devices or those who keep multiple apps open.
Textra SMS is good looking and a good performer that can easily replace the default SMS/MMS app in the latest Android devices. If you're not happy with your current texting app or just want a better user experience, Textra SMS belongs on your shortlist of new apps.
Textra is a feature rich complete SMS and MMS replacement app.
It includes a lot of features like 800+ emoji's, animated GIFs, quick reply popup, better MMS and Group messaging. Plus contact customization for bubble colors, delivery reports and notifications (icon color, led color, sound, vibrate pattern, privacy and popup). There is a Dark Mode available as well.
What's new in this version:
NEW: Quick Compose a new text message from anywhere (via notification drawer), SEND and stay in the app you were in. See Textra, Settings, Quick Compose.
Improved MMS connectivity for Verizon.
Fixed 4.3 issues with tapping notifications on lock screen.
To assist with fault finding MMS issues, any sending failures now show the actual failure reason (reported by your mobile carrier) underneath the failed MMS bubble.